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Whatever happened to the Christmas season’s “Silent Night,” replete with quiet carolers strolling the neighborhood with candles? The quiet calm has been replaced with crazy mall crowds, cash registers, and credit cards. Budgets bend, the gas tank isn’t enough for the errands in a day, and the calendar is filling in your free time with even more demands. In the stress and exasperation, where is the joy? In the middle of our distractions, how do we find focus on who God is? How can we truly find Jesus within the storm of the Hurried Holidays? Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Wolfgang digs into Luke 1:39–56 and what it means to find joy.

Small Group Questions

1. What is your favorite Christmas album or song?

2. Read Luke 1:26–38. We see Mary’s response in Luke 1:38; tell about a time you sensed God asking you to do something difficult. How did you respond?

3. Read Luke 1:46–49. Everyone’s soul magnifies something. What things your soul has magnified other than God? What are practical ways we can magnify God this season?

4. Read Luke 1:50–55. What is the greatest area of stress in your life right now? What would it look like to respond with joy?

5. Christmas Eve is an excellent time to bring friends and family members who may not be connected. Who are you praying will join you this Christmas? Spend some time as a group praying by name for these people.

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Whatever happened to the Christmas season’s “Silent Night,” replete with quiet carolers strolling the neighborhood with candles? The quiet calm has been replaced with crazy mall crowds, cash registers, and credit cards. Budgets bend, the gas tank isn’t enough for the errands in a day, and the calendar is filling in your free time with… Continue reading →

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Whatever happened to the Christmas season’s “Silent Night” replete with quiet carolers strolling the neighborhood with candles? The quiet calm has been replaced with crazy mall crowds, cash registers and credit cards. Amidst the pull and push of the demands, pressures, and general craziness that surrounds the season, how do we even begin to find peace in the midst of frenzy? How can we truly find Jesus within the storm of the Hurried Holidays? Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander explores Luke 2:8–20 and what it means to find peace.

Small Group Questions

1. What event or activity are you most looking forward to this time of year?
2. At times, we wear the busyness and frenzy of our lives as a badge of honor. Why is this the case? In what ways do you do this?
3. Had you heard of Migdal Eder before? What new insight does this understanding of the shepherds bring to the Christmas season?
4. Think of a time you recently said “no” to some activity or event on your calendar. Was that easy or difficult for you? What criteria did you use to make that decision?
5. Read Luke 2:13–14. God’s favor is on us. In what ways do you try to earn God’s favor? How might our lives be different if we fully embraced the truth that there indeed is nothing to be earned?
6. On a busyness scale of 1 to 10 (10 being busiest), how would you rate this season? What specific thing will you do to reduce that number by one or two? How can your group help? What benefits may come from this change?

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Whatever happened to the Christmas season’s “Silent Night” replete with quiet carolers strolling the neighborhood with candles? The quiet calm has been replaced with crazy mall crowds, cash registers and credit cards. Amidst the pull and push of the demands, pressures, and general craziness that surrounds the season, how do we even begin to find… Continue reading →

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you ask most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But what are we giving for? Are we giving for the sake of being a good person, or for the sake of the good news of Jesus? Join us Sunday as we explore the basics of generosity, and why it’s so important in the life of a follower of Jesus.

Small Group Questions

1. Share a financial mistake you’ve made. What motivations were behind the decision? What did you learn?
2. Read 2 Corinthians 8:9. How does this truth impact your attitude toward generosity?
3. How have you seen greed at work in your life? How have you dealt with this?
4. How have you benefited from being generous? Share a story of how you’ve been blessed by generosity.
5. Toy Shop is less than two weeks away! Revisit your group’s plan for being part of the Toy Drive. Who else do you know that might be excited to participate? Spend some time praying for the families that will be part of that day.

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you ask most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But what are we giving for? Are we giving for the sake of being a good person, or for the sake of the good news of Jesus?… Continue reading →

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you ask most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But how should we give? What does that even mean? Is our giving part of a give-and-take with God, or is it a part of something much, much bigger in our hearts? Join us Sunday as we explore the basics of generosity, and why it’s so important in the life of a follower of Jesus.

Small Group Questions

1. What are common reasons people have for not giving? How have you overcome or dealt with those reasons? What have you learned?

2. What are the benefits of following a giving plan? What giving plan has worked for you?

3. Read 2 Corinthians 9:6–10. Tell about a time you experienced joy in giving.

4. What goal will you set when it comes to generosity? How can your group help you reach this goal?

5. Bring Give Serve is a great chance for your group to be generous together. How could you help collect toys for the Toy Shop? What other ways could your group make an impact this season?

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you ask most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But how should we give? What does that even mean? Is our giving part of a give-and-take with God, or is it a part of something much,… Continue reading →

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you asked most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But there are a lot of questions when it comes to giving and generosity. Who are we giving to? How much should we give? What are we giving for? This new series Giving 101 will help answer some of these questions as we explore the basics of generosity, and why it’s so important in the life of a follower of Jesus.

Small Group Questions

1. What is the most memorable gift you’ve ever given? What made it so special?
2. Read 2 Corinthians 8:7. Who do you know who has excelled at the grace of giving? What about them inspires you?
3. Read 1 Timothy 6:17–19. Think of a recent financial decision you made. Did the reality of eternity influence your choice? How might this awareness impact money decisions?
4. How does financial fuzziness impact generosity? How have you experienced this?
5. What specific step will you take to better excel at the grace of giving?
6. Bring Give Serve is here! How do you and your group plan to participate? Designate a group member to coordinate your involvement and spend some time discussing your plans. You can get all the info at bringgiveserve.org.

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“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you asked most people in the world, they would agree with this statement—in principle more than in lifestyle. But there are a lot of questions when it comes to giving and generosity. Who are we giving to? How much should we give? What are we… Continue reading →

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander concludes our series Life Apps with The Encouragement App. Life can be rough. We’re called to be in community, to share in one another’s struggles. What does it look like to be in that community? How can we encourage each other in the midst? Listen as we explore Hebrews 10:19–25 and what it looks like to download The Encouragement App.

During the Life Apps series, our small groups are using unique materials including group activities and questions. Curious? Be part of the experience by joining a Life Apps group. To get connected, contact us.

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Listen in as Pastor Jonathan Alexander concludes our series Life Apps with The Encouragement App. Life can be rough. We’re called to be in community, to share in one another’s struggles. What does it look like to be in that community? How can we encourage each other in the midst? Listen as we explore Hebrews 10:19–25 and what it looks like… Continue reading →

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Grab a cup of hot cocoa prep a note pad as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Forgiveness App. When we’re dealing with a broken relationship, it’s hard to find forgiveness through the pain, anger, or distress. What does forgiveness truly look like? How can we forgive as a people who have been forgiven by God? Listen in as we explore Matthew 18:21–35 and what it looks like to download The Forgiveness App.

During the Life Apps series, our small groups are using unique materials including group activities and questions. Curious? Be part of the experience by joining a Life Apps group.
To get connected, contact smallgroups@northshore.church.

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Grab a cup of hot cocoa prep a note pad as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Forgiveness App. When we’re dealing with a broken relationship, it’s hard to find forgiveness through the pain, anger, or distress. What does forgiveness truly look like? How can we forgive as a people who have been… Continue reading →

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Huddle up by the fire, crack the windows to listen to the fall rain, and listen in as Pastor Jonathan Wolfgang continues our series Life Apps with The Humility App. What does it mean to be humble in a relationship? What does it look like to choose others’ needs above your own? Listen in as we dive into John 13:1–17 and what it means to download The Humility App.

During the Life Apps series, our small groups are using unique materials including group activities and questions. Curious? Be part of the experience by joining a Life Apps group. To get connected, contact smallgroups@northshore.church.

This week we explore into what it means to download the humility app. This week’s key passage: John 13:1–17.

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Huddle up by the fire, crack the windows to listen to the fall rain, and listen in as Pastor Jonathan Wolfgang continues our series Life Apps with The Humility App. What does it mean to be humble in a relationship? What does it look like to choose others’ needs above your own? Listen in as we dive into John 13:1–17 and… Continue reading →

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Authenticity App. What does it mean to be real and vulnerable? Have you ever held up emotional walls or plastic smiles to hide anger, worry, or pain? How can we learn to trust Jesus with our identity to move forward into authenticity? Join us Sunday as we explore 1 John 1:8–2:2 and what it means to download The Authenticity App.

During the Life Apps series, our small groups are using unique materials including group activities and questions. Curious? Be part of the experience by joining a Life Apps group. To get connected, contact smallgroups@northshore.church.

This week we explore into what it means to download the authenticity app. This week’s key passage: 1 John 1:8–2:2.

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Authenticity App. What does it mean to be real and vulnerable? Have you ever held up emotional walls or plastic smiles to hide anger, worry, or pain? How can we learn to trust Jesus with our identity to move forward into… Continue reading →

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Trust App. What does trust look like in relationships? There often exists a gap between what we expect from a relationship, and what actually happens. How do we respond to those gaps? How can we let God’s love and grace pour into those gaps instead of our own habits and emotions? Join us Sunday as we dig deep in 1 Corinthians 13:4–7 and what it means to download The Trust App.

During the Life Apps series, our small groups are using unique materials including group activities and questions. Curious? Be part of the experience by joining a Life Apps group. To get connected, email smallgroups@northshore.church.

This week we dig into what it means to download the trust app. This week’s key passage: 1 Corinthians 13:4–7

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Join us Sunday as Pastor Jonathan Alexander continues our series Life Apps with The Trust App. What does trust look like in relationships? There often exists a gap between what we expect from a relationship, and what actually happens. How do we respond to those gaps? How can we let God’s love and grace pour into those gaps… Continue reading →